Scouting Rockies Draft Pick Tyler Matzek
I’ve stayed quiet so far in regards to the 2009 baseball draft as I’ll be doing most of my draft reports after the draft, but I do want to provide some thoughts on a some of the top players leading up to the draft, specifically the high school pitching prospects in hopes that people will be able to differentiate what each prospect offers.
*Edited on 6/3/09 – Added text is in italics below
Tyler Matzek | LHP | Capistrano Valley High School in California
Label – The Safe Pick
Signability – Pretty good bet to sign based on most reports
Teams Linked to Matzek – He’s been linked to most teams in the top-10 with the exception of Washington at No. 1. Matzek seems most linked to San Francisco and Cincinnati.
Body Type – Very good pitcher’s build with some projection remaining
Fastball – 90 – 94 with above average life…shows an ability to sink or cut the pitch…uses it to both sides of the plate…controls it well, but the actual command of the pitch could still use some work…potential for an increase in velocity as he continues to fill out his frame
*Edited on 6/3/09 – Keith Law made a comment in his latest mock draft that said Matzek was sitting 94 – 96 and even touched 98 during his last outing. That would be very interesting if true, and would probably make him the standout pitcher of the draft after Strasburg.
Slider – Clocked between 82 and 84…good break across the plate…gets right handers to swing over top of it
Curveball – Slow 11-to-6 curve clocked in the low 70′s…an excellent change-of-pace pitch to use when hitters are sitting on something hard…a little inconsistent as he’s prone to hanging it at times
Change-Up – An average pitch, which may not sound like much, but you have to consider the fact that many high school level pitchers don’t even show a feel for a change-up, let alone have an average one.
*Credit to baseballfactoryTV
Clean, though unspectacular mechanics…employs a sort of twist or turn of his upper body as he strides into foot plant in order to generate a healthy amount of separation between his torso and hips. He also scap loads well, stretching the elastic muscles and tendons in the shoulder region, which helps with velocity.
*Edited on 6/3/09 – I previous said Matzek’s arm action had a little length to it, but I watched a little more video on Matzek today and I actually don’t think that’s the case. In fact, his arm action is pretty short and quick from the point in which he breaks his hands to release.
Doesn’t have explosive stuff, but does everything well. Has an advanced feel for pitching, especially for a high schooler and could move much quicker than your typical prep arm.
Best Case Outcome – Front of the rotation starter…probably closer to a No. 2 than a No. 1
*Edited on 6/3/09 – On the heels of Law’s new report on Matzek, you could easily make the claim Matzek is a potential No. 1. But sometimes velocity estimates get overblown. Can Matzek continue to stay in the 94 – 96 range or was it simply a fluke? That’s for the teams who have scouted him a countless number of times to decide.
More Likely Outcome – No. 3 starter
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